A young professional utilizes his graphic design skills to create a logo and promotional materials.
A middle-aged woman spends an hour putting logo labels on distribution materials.
A singer-song writer offers a benefit concert raising $300 for a community coalition’s operational expenses, providing an opportunity for over 60 to be educated on the prevalence of sex trafficking.
A local business woman offers her coffee shop for regular awareness nights with the topic of sex trafficking
A community member attends a film night on Sex Trafficking in the United States. The next morning she spots a suspicious ad in the classified section of Craigslist. Instead of overlooking it and shaking her head in disgust or resigned helplessness, she forwards it on to a coalition leader who then passes it on to local authorities.
A woman waiting at a bus stop spots a coalition member hanging a poster containing the National Trafficking Hotline Number. She asks for extra copies, stating she wants to hang them in her neighborhood exclaiming, “We need this, too.”
A college student is spurred to action and initiates a film viewing and panel discussion on her local college campus.
These are some of countless examples of individuals who are using their gifts, skills or spheres of influence to make a difference…taking action in the Lehigh Valley in seemingly small, but corporately signficant ways. A unified response is an effective response against human trafficking!
How will you take action? Melissa Farley, a researcher and author on prostitution and sex trafficking has stated: “Once you know the truth you can’t keep silent. Silence is complicity and you are then a part of the problem.” We are responsible for our knowledge. The mission of VAST coalition is to equip and mobilize individuals towards prevention, awareness, action and aftercare efforts. We are thankful for each of you. We look forward to witnessing and reporting monthly how various individuals take initiative in their unique ways.
If you believe you are a victim of human trafficking or may have information about a potential trafficking situation,
please contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) - call our hotline at 1-888-3737-888.
Hotline Call Specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to take reports from anywhere in the
country related to potential trafficking victims, suspicious behaviors, and/or locations where trafficking is suspected
to occur. All reports are confidential. Interpreters are available.
To submit an online tip, visit
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911.